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Our federal policy has been shaped by the elderly and for the elderly
From the Magazine
Here’s one reaction nobody’s having to the Alito leak: ‘If only Harriet Miers were on the Court!’
Why is their presidential bench so shallow?
Today’s progressives are allergic to notions of autonomy and empowerment
She can truly unite America — against her
If fame determines status in Los Angeles, power is the social currency in Washington
The war in Ukraine may be just the first test of the western alliance
Netflix is just the latest casualty
Was a Fauci-endorsed Chinese donation part of the lab-leak cover up?
Was not even my dog immune from the self-righteous?
The left succeeds through the blood of sacrifice
Science & Tech
Not everyone appreciates being told to look inward
The inability to engage with contrarian opinions is a stain on our response to the pandemic
‘T’ and ‘bromeopathy’ won’t create good men
Fifty years on, the hero of Watergate has become little more than a stenographer
If we exist everywhere online, do we exist anywhere at all?
It’s hard to be exceptional when your causes are so pathetically underwhelming
Daniella Greenbaum Davis
Inflation has hobbled nations for generations
Steve Forbes, Nathan Lewis and Elizabeth Ames
By acting justly, Cicero concluded, ‘our government could be called more accurately a protectorate of the world rather than an empire’
Books + Arts
The Palace Papers: Inside the House of Windsor — the Truth and the Turmoil by Tina Brown reviewed
Sinclair Lewis’s 1922 novel Babbitt is both a prophecy and a warning for America in the next century
Chilton Williamson, Jr.
The Facemaker by Lindsey Fitzharris reviewed
Stephen L. Miller
Friends Like These by Meg Rosoff reviewed
The Hurting Kind by Ada Limón and My Grief, The Sun by Sanna Wani reviewed
The Twilight World by Werner Herzog reviewed
The Last Days of Roger Federer by Geoff Dyer reviewed
Winslow Homer has been put out to sea at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Duncan Hannah chronicles growing up and getting down in Eighties New York
A Zimmer score is seldom less than a pleasure to listen to, as has been the case for decades
Race and sex in Paradise Square and Take Me Out
Robert S. Erickson
The Worst Person in the World’s ticking clock makes it both urgent and sad
Nicky Otis Smith
Good-looking preppie or clubby men are out, but those ghastly bald types with beards are viewed as sensitive and with it
What is luck?’ said Klynton, aged ten. ‘Hard to explain,’ I said
Polyamory is basically swinging on an industrial scale
The Jefferson Memorial still gives off a far better vibe than the Potomac anthills in which the self-important Get Things Done
The New Atheists called down fire and brimstone on the godly everywhere
Self-reliance is an old Ukrainian virtue, one the rest of the world is now seeing in action
Kelly Jane Torrance
Suicide clubs, sexploiters and political idealists use common methods to evade the censors in a world of spies and algorithms
History takes you out of yourself at Kill Devil Hills and Cape Hatteras
Hustling and hoteling in La Ville Lumière
Food + Drink
The deli is New York’s longest running show
Greek salad is the perfect dish to make for a dinner party
My father and mother adored what became known as ‘Anna’s eels’
Calla Jones Corner
‘Old wine not only tastes better but is better for one’s health’
Thought-provoking commentary and opinion on politics, books and the arts.